From 22 to 29 November 2013 an HIV test week is proclaimed throughout Europe. The aim of the initiative is to increase the knowledge about the risk of HIV infection and to motivate them to test .
Europe and also in Austria almost half of HIV diagnoses is made late or very late. Late HIV diagnosis and delay in treatment often lead to health complications and also promote the dissemination of HIV. If detected early, shortly after infection , coupled with timely antiretroviral treatment , an approximately equal good life expectancy in good quality of life as in non-infected is to be expected . With successful treatment , the viral load drops below the detection limit and thus the virus is not passed on to other people.
Health Councillor Sonja Wehsely :
In the case of HIV infection , early diagnosis helps in two ways: The medical therapies can start quickly and are more efficient. Also an unwitting disclosure of the virus can be prevented. Therefore, the men's health center MEN and Women's Health Centre FEM Süd support in the Kaiser -Franz -Josef -Spital , the European HIV Testing Week. But even if HIV infection has become a treatable chronic disease that still applies : Only condoms protect !
Aids Hilfe Wien Expands
The Aids Hilfe Wien expanded HIV testing week you anonymous and free quote. Testing and counseling are also available outside the Aidshilfe house, for example Amerlinghaus or women's health center FEM South and in the men's health center MEN in the Kaiser -Franz -Josef -Spital .
HIV can affect anyone. In about half of all cases of HIV is passed on by people who are not aware of their infection . Therefore, the Aids Hilfe Wien recommends people who have sex without a condom , multiple partners , or any other sexually transmitted disease to be tested for HIV.